Thursday, March 2, 2017

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log around a bald eagle nest tree near Lewiston, CA.

Bald Eagle Nest Tree Photo By NASA
THP 2-17-005 TRI (Jesjen THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 156 acres; 58% clearcut, Deadwood Creek, 41% rehab, 1% selection logging.  Buckeye Creek (MD: T33N R8W Sec.9, 16).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, bald eagle, trees up to 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/02/17. VIEW

This THP is a few miles NE of Lewiston, CA near Trinity Lake and about 4 miles north of Highway 299 at an elevation of 2,600 to 3,600 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine and sugar pine forests.  A portion of the THP area is in the Deadwood watershed which drains into the Trinity River and is classified as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  There is a bald eagle nest adjacent to Trinity Lake, and also inside clearcut unit 9H.  All but a circle of 375 feet (minimum 10 acre buffer) will be clearcut around the eagle nest in unit 9H.  One spotted owl nesting territory is located within .5 miles of unit 9H.

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